URCA booklet includes session schedules along with abstracts of all of the presentations.
CAS Dean Dr. Dawn Weber describes URCA as "Following the format of
a professional conference, students will present original research, perform
theatrical and musical selections, read original creative writing,
and exhibit their artwork."
Unique to this year's event, two arts and sciences alumni will present their current research.
Mary Moeller graduated in 2015 with a degree in psychology. She is
currently a third year graduate student in Clinical Psychology at Bowling
Green State University (see p. 9). Dr. Josh Allen completed majors
in toxicology and psychology in 2007. He is currently a Principal Research
Scientist and Study Director at Battelle (see p. 11).
For more information about URCA 2018, be sure to follow this blog for updates.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Monday, November 13, 2017
All students who are declared majors in a program within the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to participate in this year’s Symposium. Group projects in which some members are majoring outside of the College of Arts and Sciences will be considered by the URCA Committee. Current students, as well as December 2017 graduates, are welcome to present their work. Presenters may choose to give an oral presentation, poster presentation, exhibition, or performance. All presentations should have a significant research or creative component; examples of such include, but are not limited to, summer research conducted at Ashland University or elsewhere, results of independent study projects, thesis work, literary readings or analysis, musical or theatrical performances, and exhibitions of artwork.
All abstracts submitted require approval of a faculty sponsor who is familiar with the student’s work and can attest to the quality of the work. At the time of submission, students will indicate who their faculty sponsor is. The URCA Symposium committee will then contact the sponsor via e-mail to confirm that the sponsor has viewed and approved the abstract. In approving a submission, a faculty sponsor is indicating that the abstract meets the faculty sponsor’s standard for professional work, and that the abstract is print-ready. Submissions that have not been approved by a faculty sponsor will not be accepted for presentation.
Students who wish to present at the Symposium should contact a College of Arts and Sciences faculty member who can act as a faculty sponsor. When the project is ready, the student should work with the faculty sponsor to prepare an abstract in Microsoft Word and email that Word document to the URCA Symposium Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students must copy their faculty sponsors on the email that contains the submission. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 5 p.m. on Friday, January 26, 2018. This deadline is firm.
A complete submission must include ALL of the following:
- Name of Student Presenter(s)
- Campus AND Home Addresses of Student Presenter(s)
- Class Year (e.g. junior, senior) and Major(s) of Student Presenter(s)
- Name of Faculty Sponsor
- College of Arts and Sciences program in which the work is focused (e.g. Biology, Psychology, Music)
- Title of the Presentation
- Preferred Format of Presentation (Poster Presentation, 12 Minute Performance, 12 Minute Oral Presentation, or Art Exhibition)
- Special Equipment Required (PCs and projectors are provided; if no other equipment is needed, please indicate “No special equipment needed”)
- Body of the Abstract (250 words or fewer)
- Anticipated Scheduling Conflicts for Symposium on 4/11/18 (e.g. COBE/COE/CON class meetings, athletic events, or other commitments that cannot be moved on this date; if none, please indicate “No scheduling conflicts anticipated”)
URCA Symposium Committee
Dr. Christopher Burkett, History/Political Science
Dr. Christopher Chartier, Psychology
Dr. Hilary Donatini, English
Prof. Scott Garlock, Music
Prof. Wendy Schaller, Art
Dr. Gordon Swain, Mathematics
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
|Courtesy Caltech/MIT/LIGO Laboratory|
Friday, April 7, 2017
With Dr. Thomas Reed as their faculty sponsor, the students play as a saxophone quartet without a conductor and must take on the responsibilities of changes in tempo, stops and starts, volume, and every other aspect of a piece. As the players move with each other, listening to the other musician’s parts, a circuit is completed which allows music to be made. To help demonstrate the skills that their ensemble has developed, there will an explanation of techniques to watch for followed by a presentation of a few excerpts to illustrate these skills.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
With support from her faculty sponsor, Prof. Merrill Tawse (Biology/Toxicology), Isabella asked the question whether the ambystomid salamanders is a stable, increasing or a declining population. After trapping, counting and categorizing the salamanders, they were then tested for polyploidy (occurrence of additional sets of chromosomes). Find out the results at #URCA2017.